What a nice day to go on a road trip, family bonding and some spiritual moments; and yes, that’s what we did!
Armed with a downloaded Google Map, we took off around 9am from our place in Novaliches. Our target location is the miraculous shrine of Our Lady Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Chapel, which is set on top of a hill in San Mateo, Rizal.
We got lost for awhile around Parang, Marikina but manage to get back on tracks after maneuvering two or three times, that’s when we saw the Virgin Mary statue from afar, I know were getting near but upon seeing how high the place is, I started to doubt my 23 year old Cjay (van) could ascend gloriously on the almost 45 degree uphill road all the way to the chapel.
Kudos to my Mang Boy (my mechanic) for the tuning-up my van a week earlier, Cjay traverse it quite easily up to the top, I’m stoked! Akala ko talaga papababain ko mga pasahero ko eh hehe! It was very rewarding when we reached the chapel at around 11am (19 kms kasama na yung ligaw dun hehe), the whole place is serene and holy, we can see clearly the Makati skylines and nearby cities plus we’re all astonished of the beautifully crafted bronze head of the Virgin Mary. We all spend time praying, candle offering and of course some photo ops for souvenirs.
Afterwards we go for a refreshing swim at Villa Diaz also in San Mateo. I forgot to took photos there because I’m always at the pool 😛
Last week’s session with the Pinoy Drift Trikes crew was fun and aggressive as we invade the mountain biking capital of the Philippines as quoted by Bikers Cafe in Timberland San Mateo, Rizal.
Its already 2pm when we arrived at the main gate of Timberland and it really is super exciting for all of us drifters as we ascend the twistee road. The angle of the slope is mega steep and the concrete road is super smooth, which only means we’ll be going for some super fast drifting action with our drift trikes.
There at the gates, we gain exposures with some mountain bikers maybe because we look odd and weird haha! Some of them even took photos from their mobile phones, for souvenir I guess 😀
We then test it! Its really fast, As far as my drifting career is concern, I think this would be the fastest spot we have ever drift our trikes. We then stop at the sharp deadly curve spot popularly to the bikers as “Siko” or elbow in english. Its the place where most of our picture taking and videos took place besides its technically the best spot that day!
After an hour we decided to descend again. I think its about a kilometer ride until we reached the bridge. we then eat, rest and refresh ourselves at Bikers Cafe where we met a lot of amazing and curious people. I’m sure we’ll be going back again to this place!